In the 2013 crime thriller, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic + Flo ont vu un ours), Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille) and Florence (Romane Bohringer) are a pair of lesbian ex-cons who are seeking a quiet life after prison. Things go awry, however, when a woman from Flo’s past emerges and enters their lives.
Outside of documentaries, the Syrian refugee crisis is yet to become a major subject in arthouse cinema, but its impact is beginning to be keenly felt by LGBT filmmakers. People arriving from a country with a hostile attitude towards gay people can find themselves struggling to fit in when arriving in a more welcoming environment, feeling displaced from the community in which they belong due to having to hide who they are for so long.
Fans of the unrelenting absurdism of Tim Robinson’s Netflix series I Think You Should Leave will be delighted to hear that an offbeat counterpart is currently making its way around the LGBTQ festival circuit. Cubby, the directorial debut of writer and star Mark Blane, is a distinctively queer spin on a comedic archetype largely reserved for straight protagonists: the man-baby who shirks adult responsibility at every opportunity, never ceasing to view the world through naive eyes.